WHAT IS SCLEROTHERAPY?
Asclera (polidocanol) injections are used for sclerotherapy to treat two types of veins – uncomplicated spider veins (very small varicose veins less than 1mm in diameter) and uncomplicated small varicose veins know as reticular veins (1mm to 3mm in diameter).
In this simple procedure, veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, which causes them to close and thereby fade from view. The procedure may also remedy the bothersome symptoms associated with spider veins, including lower extremity aching, burning, swelling and night cramps. The treatment only eliminates abnormal veins that are no longer used, so there are only positive effects on blood circulation.
HOW QUICKLY WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Although significant improvement may be seen within days of treatment, maximum results are evident at approximately 2 months following treatment.
IS THERE DOWNTIME ASSOCIATED WITH A SCLEROTHERAPY TREATMENT?
Compression stockings should be worn 24 hours per day for 2 weeks following treatment to maximize results. High-impact activities, hot baths or saunas, and long plane rides should be avoided for several days after the procedure. Otherwise, there is no downtime and patients can resume normal activity immediately after the treatment.